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Mental health

IIn 2016, statewide, 49 per 1,000 children under age 6 enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance) were assessed and treated for mental health issues, up from 40 in 2013. Early mental health intervention enhances child development by reducing risk factors and increasing protective influences, when possible. Assessment and mental health intervention are focused on primary caregiving relationship(s). Science suggests that intervention in the very early stages of development both capitalizes on normative developmental processes and is cost effective.